Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew insists Patrick Bamford was given "every chance" to make an impact during his loan spell at Selhurst Park.
Bamford has returned to Chelsea after failing to hit the target in nine appearances for the Eagles and after Monday's goalless draw with Swansea he stated his five months in south-east London had been "terrible".
The 22-year-old forward has retracted his comments two days on, apologising and adding: "I couldn't have been at a nicer club. I'm just disappointed I couldn't do more for the team."
Pardew has accepted the apology of the England Under-21 international, whose only two starts at Palace were in the League Cup.
"Patrick made a slight error after the game. I think he was a little bit emotional. He has addressed that. I appreciate that," Pardew said.
"His comments on Wednesday were much nearer the mark. He has had every chance here.
"We have been getting fantastic results, so his chances (to start matches) have been limited. We kept on winning and you have to keep the balance of the side. It is as simple as that."
Bamford fired 19 goals in 44 appearances for Middlesbrough last season and while his time at Palace was far less productive, Pardew insists he has a future in the Premier League.
"Patrick has learned from that experience and I would like to think he will be a very good player for Chelsea and England going forward," Pardew said.